About Us

Our mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world.

We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved.

PhotoWings is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action. Our extensive online content and PhotoWings Outreach Programs have a myriad of educational applications and possibilities.

Highlights from our PhotoWings exclusive videos:

Andrea Bruce – Lessons in the Field

PhotoWings spent the day with award-winning photojournalist and Harvard Nieman Fellow Andrea Bruce while in Bali for the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Andrea, an instructor at Foundry, has worked with many prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic and the Washington Post, and is a co-owner of the photo agency NOOR. Andrea shares valuable insights about creating compelling narratives, critical thinking, earning trust, perspective, and the importance of fixers to the work of photojournalists. We followed Andrea and her local fixer Wayan Tilik as she got acquainted with the island of Bali and researched potential stories for her students.

Visual Storytelling – Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

At the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, eight renowned instructors spoke with PhotoWings about the art and importance of visual storytelling. With a wealth of experience between them, they discuss what it means to them, how they do it, and what they are able to accomplish with it.

As we feature a small sliver of this work throughout the video, we encourage you to explore the accompanying image gallery to learn more about these journalists, their images and the stories they represent.

Featuring:
Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson, Andrea Bruce, James Whitlow Delano, Tewfic El-Sawy, Ron Haviv, Henrik Kastenskov, and John Stanmeyer

Suzie Katz – The Healing Power of Photos

At PhotoWings, we are passionate about the power of photography and the many ways it can enrich our lives. In this video, president and founder of PhotoWings Suzie Katz tells us a personal story of how photography was a great help to her, her husband, their friends and family during his challenging illness. She shares how she used old photographs to create a series of Memory Boards -- collections of pictures from her husband's life -- to help him in his battle to fight harder, help conversations with visitors flow easier by giving them comfortable things to talk about, and to humanize him to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. Memory Boards are tools which can be utilized in both happy and difficult times for a wide variety of situations, and, in this instance, are a great example of how photography can intersect with the growing field of Medical Humanities.

Legacy – Reasons to Care About Family Photos

PhotoWings Founder and President Suzie Katz shares a personal story about discovering a lost family treasure nestled in her old family photo albums. The experience reminded her of the importance of caring for our old photographs, and the potential for these images to further enrich our lives.

Selected PhotoWings Outreach Program Partners and Grantees:

The Aftermath Project – Seeks to help broaden the public’s understanding of war and promote peace through international traveling exhibitions and educational outreach on the aftermath of conflict.

  • Provided grants toward website redesign, publication of War Is Only Half the Story books (and related application) and photography-based curricula. 

Ashoka and AshokaU – Ashoka is the first global association of over 3,000 social entrepreneurs in more than 70 countries with innovative solutions that address the world’s most urgent challenges. AshokaU, the university division of Ashoka, is currently in over 20 leading universities around the world.

Blue Earth Alliance - A non-profit dedicated to sponsoring photographic projects that educate the public about threatened cultures, endangered environments, and other social concerns.

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops - An internationally based photography workshop created to bring in some of the world's most well-respected photojournalists and photography professionals to train locals in visual narratives storytelling, so they can tell their own.

LOOK3 Photography Festival - A celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of three “INsight” photographers, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops and interviews over three days and nights.

Smithsonian Photographic Initiative Click! Photography Changes Everything - A collection of original essays, stories, and images which explore the many ways photography shapes our culture and our lives.

Inquiries may be sent to

info@photowings.org